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rwd_pete

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I migrated from the G body site. My Malibu is getting a Gen II injected 350 swap at present. My interests are kind of diverse.
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Right now I'm driving the '56 Ford and the '06 Saab 9-3 Aero. The Ford has a 400 sbc/thm350 driveline at present. I had planned to swap the plates from the Saab to the 62 Parisienne this summer, but forgot the Saab is in my son's name. My son bough the 9-3 in 2010 because It was GM and 6 speed. It is a HFV6 Turbo 250 hp. He smashed the front and I rebuilt it for a winter beater.

I bought the two Fords in the '60s. In the '90s I my son was over six feet tall and I needed a fordor for cruise nights. I bought the Parisienne Sport Sedan with a 283/powerglide.

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In 1998 my mother-in-law passed and my wife offered to buy me a new car from her inheritance. I wanted a 1996 Impala SS and bought one just past the warranty mileage with bald tires, Edelbrock headers, cat back system, K&N etc. I still have it. It currently is parked with a misfire, probably moisture in the optispark. It will run again.
I built the Pontiac with a 400/700r4 and got it on the road in 1998. I sent some pictures into CarCraft and High Performance Pontiac.
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I gave the car to my son around 2004 and the 400 was a gas pig. We bought a 1995 Impala SS driveline, wheels, spoiler and wiring for $1400. We rebuilt the engine .030 over and the trans rebuilt too. I cut up the injection harness and merged it into the Pontiac. I have good details for the Gen II engine swap, documented in Excel format if anyone wants a copy. My son added Hotchkiss stabilizer bars. Power steering box is G-body and it has disk brakes up front. Coils are cut.
Seats/console are 1962 Wildcat Buick. Alpine stereo and amps.
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The Pontiac is a nice cruiser. The car is 400 lb lighter than my Impala SS which has run high 14's.
My son lives in a high rise condo and the Pontiac lives in my garage, so it is for sale. Lots of room for a big family.
Pete
 

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Capricechris805

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Awesome stories looks like a beautiful house and a beautiful assortment of cars. I would love to pic just one would be hard to choose.
 

rwd_pete

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Sep 5, 2018
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Thanks for the thumbs up Chris.

Last year the Impala was getting a bit run down and had a rear axle rumble. I bought a similar 3.08 posi axle from a 91 Caprice but each axle was 3/4" shorter. So I learned to replace pinion bearings from some good online videos. It worked out fine.
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I used an old trailer hitch as part of my pinion holder to crush the sleeve. The axle works fine now. Replaced rotors, pads and shocks while I was at it.
I bought a new water pump at Advanced auto Niagara Falls US with a two year warranty. It failed soaking my Opti and I had to get towed home. The water pump has a wo year warranty until this April but I can't cross the border because of Covid border lockdown. Sheesh! LOL I live in Ontario, Canada near the border.

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We just had a few unseasonably mild days of 60F weather so I got the Impala out of storage. The hood paint had gone flaky and I filled stone chips, wet sanded it and repainted it black epoxy primer.
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Ready for spring. Will finish the paint when the weather gets better.
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The Pontiac is in my nephews barn for the winter. A few weeks ago I went to charge the battery. The electric fuel pump is stuck again. Happened the previous winter too. I was able to shock it to break it loose last time. Might need a new fuel pump. I was at a PicNsave last year and a smashed 76 Monte Carlo had 3 Corvette 8x15 rally's. The check out lady thought they were just steel rims and I got them for $15 each. Sold the third one to pay for the other two. I had a pair of 15x7s. They look fine on the Pontiac with 27/60 and 235/60's.
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Pete
 

Capricechris805

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Anytime you buy a water pump make sure the bolts for the back plate are tight. I have had at least 2 leak from that black plate brand new. Beautiful cars
 

Shortfuse

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I hate aftermarket parts. After turning wrenchs 10 hours a day for the past 33 years nothing makes me cuss more than a failed chinese part. Oh and as for the Dorman company a big F U too them as well.
 

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